Cuomo’s Inner Circle Raised Money for Aide Who Was Convicted of Bribery

Gov. Andrew Cuomo distanced himself from the aide, Joseph Percoco, but the governor’s sister and close allies quietly funded the aide’s legal fight.

#bribery-and-kickbacks, #competitive-power-ventures-holdings-llc, #corruption-institutional, #cuomo-andrew-m, #cuomo-mario-m, #howe-todd-r-1960, #madeline-cuomo, #percoco-joseph, #politics-and-government, #united-states-politics-and-government

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JBS Paid $11 Million Ransom to Hackers

The breach was the latest in a string of attacks targeting businesses critical to American infrastructure.

#bribery-and-kickbacks, #cyberattacks-and-hackers, #extortion-and-blackmail, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #jbs-sa, #meat, #revil-hacking-group, #shutdowns-institutional

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Guards Smuggled Drugs and Razors Into N.Y.C. Jails, Prosecutors Say

The correction officers are accused of taking thousands of dollars in bribes to sneak contraband into the city’s jails.

#bribery-and-kickbacks, #corrections-department-nyc, #manhattan-detention-complex, #new-york-city, #rikers-island-prison-complex

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Spain Turns to Corruption Rehab for Officials Who Can’t Stop Stealing

Con artists and swindlers have long captured headlines in Spain. Now the country has a novel solution: A rehabilitation program aiming to “reinsert” corrupt officials back into society.

#bribery-and-kickbacks, #corruption-institutional, #frauds-and-swindling, #psychiatry-and-psychiatrists, #spain

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Drag Commodity Traders Out of the Shadows

We need strong laws and clear regulations to shed light on this megapowerful sector of the global economy.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #bribery-and-kickbacks, #commodities, #congo-democratic-republic-of-congo-kinshasa, #glencore-international-ag, #justice-department, #kabila-joseph, #politics-and-government, #trump-donald-j

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Former Mayor of Fall River, Mass. Is Convicted of Corruption

Jasiel F. Correia II, who at 24 was the Massachusetts city’s youngest mayor, was convicted of charges related to extorting marijuana vendors and defrauding investors.

#bribery-and-kickbacks, #correia-jasiel-f-ii, #elections-mayors, #extortion-and-blackmail, #fall-river-mass, #frauds-and-swindling, #marijuana

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‘Bro I Robbed Everyone’: 3 N.Y.P.D. Officers Charged in Bribe Scheme

The officers, one of them retired, funneled work to a tow truck company for kickbacks and sold car crash victims’ personal information, prosecutors say.

#bribery-and-kickbacks, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #police-department-nyc, #queens-nyc

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Texas Lawyer Known as D.W.I. Dude Gets 15 Years in Fraud Scheme

A lawyer known as the D.W.I. Dude pocketed money that he told drug dealers would be used to bribe officials, prosecutors said.

#bribery-and-kickbacks, #colombia, #dallas-morning-news, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #drunken-and-reckless-driving, #extradition, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #frauds-and-swindling, #money-laundering, #texas, #united-states

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South African President Appears Before Corruption Investigators

President Cyril Ramaphosa is testifying about graft during his predecessor’s tenure, in what analysts have characterized as a battle for the soul of the governing African National Congress.

#bribery-and-kickbacks, #constitution-us, #corruption-institutional, #johannesburg-south-africa, #mandela-nelson, #politics-and-government, #ramaphosa-cyril, #south-africa, #zuma-jacob-g

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NCAA Gives USC Probation and a Fine In Bribery Scandal

A disciplinary committee put the Southern California program on probation for two years in connection with a 2017 investigation into corruption in college hoops.

#agents-business, #basketball-college, #bland-tony-basketball-coach, #bribery-and-kickbacks, #coaches-and-managers, #code-merl-jr, #dawkins-christian, #fines-penalties, #gatto-james, #university-of-southern-california

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In China Sex Scandal, Many See a #MeToo Moment

A young woman from a modest background gets a long prison term. The powerful officials who paid her draw lighter punishment. The Chinese public has questions.

#metoo-movement, #bribery-and-kickbacks, #china, #government-employees, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #politics-and-government, #sex-crimes, #sexual-harassment

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Housing Boss Who Was Accused of Sexual Abuse Now Faces Bribery Charges

Prosecutors accused Victor Rivera of enriching himself through kickbacks as he led one of the largest homeless shelter operations in New York City.

#bribery-and-kickbacks, #bronx-parent-housing-network-inc, #homeless-persons, #nonprofit-organizations, #rivera-victor-m-1960, #sex-crimes, #sexual-harassment

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Nicolas Sarkozy, Ex-President of France, Found Guilty of Corruption

Nicolas Sarkozy was accused of trying to obtain confidential information from a judge by offering to help him land a job.

#azibert-gilbert, #bribery-and-kickbacks, #courts-and-the-judiciary, #decisions-and-verdicts, #france, #herzog-thierry, #les-republicains-france, #paris-france, #politics-and-government, #sarkozy-nicolas

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Benjamin Netanyahu Pleads Not Guilty in Israel Corruption Trial

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel returned to court with a general election just weeks away. The trial is viewed by many as a test of the nation’s judicial system.

#bribery-and-kickbacks, #courts-and-the-judiciary, #israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #politics-and-government

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Supreme Court Won’t Hear Sheldon Silver’s Appeal

Mr. Silver, who once dominated state politics as the speaker of the New York Assembly, was convicted of taking illicit payments from real estate developers.

#bribery-and-kickbacks, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #new-york-state, #silver-sheldon, #supreme-court-us

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Deutsche Bank Said to Pay $100 Million Over Bribery Charges

The German lender will enter a deferred prosecution agreement to resolve charges stemming from its attempts to win business in places like China, according to a person familiar with the matter.

#bribery-and-kickbacks, #deutsche-bank-ag, #justice-department, #securities-and-commodities-violations

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China Sentences Huarong’s Lai Xiaomin to Death

The judgment against Lai Xiaomin, the former chairman of Huarong Asset Management, follows a shift away from capital punishment for white collar crimes.

#bribery-and-kickbacks, #capital-punishment, #china, #china-huarong-asset-management-co, #corruption-institutional, #lai-xiaomin

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Behind Trump Clemency, a Case Study in Special Access

Philip Esformes was sentenced last year to 20 years for Medicare fraud. Then a well-connected organization supported by his family weighed in with the White House.

#aleph-institute, #amnesties-commutations-and-pardons, #bribery-and-kickbacks, #chabad-lubavitch, #criminal-justice, #dershowitz-alan-m, #esformes-philip-1968, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #florida, #frauds-and-swindling, #justice-department, #kushner-jared, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #philanthropy, #schneerson-menachem-mendel, #sentences-criminal, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Rachel Maddow and Michael Yarvitz Tell the Full Sordid Story of Spiro Agnew

“Bag Man” reports on who knew what and when about Agnew’s years of corruption.

#agnew-spiro-t, #bag-man-the-wild-crimes-audacious-cover-up-and-spectacular-downfall-of-a-brazen-crook-in-the-white-house-book, #books-and-literature, #bribery-and-kickbacks, #maddow-rachel, #nixon-richard-milhous, #united-states-politics-and-government, #yarvitz-michael

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Trump Associates Said to Have Been Scrutinized in Suspected Pardon Scheme

A billionaire from San Francisco sought clemency for a psychologist convicted of monetary crimes. The Republican donor Elliott Broidy and a lawyer for Jared Kushner were enlisted.

#amnesties-commutations-and-pardons, #bribery-and-kickbacks, #broidy-elliott, #california, #federal-taxes-us, #justice-department, #kushner-jared, #lowell-abbe-d, #republican-national-committee, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Justice Dept. Investigating Potential Bribery Scheme for Trump Pardon

Heavily redacted court documents unsealed by a judge offered only scant clues to the potential scheme, and nothing directly tied the president to it.

#amnesties-commutations-and-pardons, #bribery-and-kickbacks, #howell-beryl-a, #trump-donald-j

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More Than 30 Charged in Scheme to Fix Coast Guard Test Scores

An employee at a Coast Guard testing center entered false scores in exchange for bribes, federal prosecutors say.

#bribery-and-kickbacks, #louisiana, #smith-dorothy, #tests-and-examinations, #united-states-coast-guard

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Purdue Pharma Pleads Guilty to Role in Opioid Crisis

The admission in federal court brought a formal end to a major investigation that resulted in a multibillion-dollar settlement between the drug maker and the government.

#bankruptcies, #bribery-and-kickbacks, #compensation-for-damages-law, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #drug-enforcement-administration, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #fines-penalties, #justice-department, #opioids-and-opiates, #oxycontin-drug, #practice-fusion-inc, #purdue-pharma, #sackler-family, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #united-states-politics-and-government

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A Third Member of the Cincinnati City Council Is Charged With Corruption

The charges against Alexander Sittenfeld, a mayoral hopeful, stunned local political leaders and reinforced what federal prosecutors have called a “culture of corruption” that has undermined trust in City Hall.

#bribery-and-kickbacks, #cincinnati-ohio, #city-councils, #corruption-institutional, #crime-and-criminals, #dennard-tamaya, #local-government, #pastor-jeffrey, #sittenfeld-alexander

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Top A.N.C. Official Charged With Corruption in South Africa

The secretary general of the governing African National Congress faces 21 charges including kickbacks and fraud, in a case likely to deepen divisions within the party.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #bribery-and-kickbacks, #corruption-institutional, #johannesburg-south-africa, #magashule-ace, #politics-and-government, #ramaphosa-cyril, #zuma-jacob-g

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On Afghan Highways, Even the Police Fear the Taliban’s Toll Collectors

As the U.S. retreats and peace talks stall, the Taliban have increasingly taken over Afghanistan’s highways, raising millions in unofficial taxes and strengthening their hand at the negotiating table.

#afghan-national-police, #afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #bribery-and-kickbacks, #extortion-and-blackmail, #helmand-province-afghanistan, #kabul-afghanistan, #roads-and-traffic, #taliban

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Lee Myung-bak, South Korean Ex-President, Is Ordered Back to Prison

The country’s Supreme Court upheld a 17-year sentence for Lee Myung-bak. He will be the second former leader of South Korea​ behind bars on corruption charges.

#bribery-and-kickbacks, #corruption-institutional, #decisions-and-verdicts, #hyundai-motor-co, #lee-myung-bak, #politics-and-government, #samsung-group, #south-korea

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Goldman Sachs Unit Pleads Guilty Over Fraud Scheme

All told, Goldman will pay billions in penalties and disgorgement in Malaysia, the United States and Hong Kong for its role in the looting of the 1Malaysia Development Berhad fund.

#1malaysia-development-berhad-1mdb, #banking-and-financial-institutions, #blankfein-lloyd-c, #bribery-and-kickbacks, #department-of-financial-services-nys, #goldman-sachs-group-inc, #justice-department, #leissner-tim, #low-jho-1981, #ng-roger, #politics-and-government, #securities-and-commodities-violations, #securities-and-exchange-commission

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Indian Police Accuse Popular TV Station of Ratings Fraud

Republic TV has torn down critics and bolstered the Indian government. Now it is under a criminal investigation.

#arg-outlier-media-pvt-ltd-republic-tv, #bribery-and-kickbacks, #freedom-of-the-press, #goswami-arnab, #india, #modi-narendra, #news-and-news-media, #politics-and-government, #ratings-audience-measurement, #television

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Joseph L. Bruno, Fallen Power in New York Senate, Dies at 91

As the Republican majority leader for 13 years, he was one of the “three men in a room” who decided things in Albany. Then came corruption charges and, ultimately, vindication.

#bribery-and-kickbacks, #bruno-joseph-l, #corruption-scandals, #deaths-obituaries, #new-york-state, #politics-and-government, #rensselaer-county-ny, #state-legislatures

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Politically Connected N.Y. Union Boss Is Accused of ‘Shocking’ Corruption

Federal prosecutors say James W. Cahill and 10 others accepted more than $100,000 in bribes in return for using their influence to help employers who had hired nonunion labor.

#bribery-and-kickbacks, #cahill-james-w, #cuomo-andrew-m, #organized-labor, #racketeering-and-racketeers

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Pakistan Factory Fire: Two Sentenced to Hang for Arson

The country’s worst industrial fire killed more than 260 people in 2012. Victims’ relatives said the real culprits had escaped justice.

#arson, #bribery-and-kickbacks, #deaths-fatalities, #factories-and-manufacturing, #fires-and-firefighters, #karachi-pakistan, #muttahida-qaumi-movement, #pakistan-tehreek-e-insaf

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Netanyahu Apology to Bedouins Is Taken as an Affront

Critics and outraged officials accused the Israeli prime minister, on trial for corruption, of exploiting a tragic episode to discredit his own law enforcement agencies.

#apologies, #bedouins, #bribery-and-kickbacks, #deaths-fatalities, #haaretz, #israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #nomadic-people, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #shin-bet

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Mexico’s Former President Accused in Bribery Scandal

Corruption allegations against past presidents have never led to prosecution. Will the latest claims about Enrique Peña Nieto lead to the first?

#bribery-and-kickbacks, #corruption-institutional, #guzman-loera-joaquin, #lopez-obrador-andres-manuel, #mexico, #odebrecht-sa, #pena-nieto-enrique, #videgaray-luis-1968

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When Utility Money Talks

Corruption scandals in Ohio and Illinois reveal an unsavory underside to the politics of energy.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #bribery-and-kickbacks, #commonwealth-edison, #energy-and-power, #entergy-corporation, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #firstenergy-corporation, #householder-larry, #illinois, #madigan-michael-j, #nuclear-energy, #ohio, #state-legislatures

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Powerful Ohio Republican Is Arrested in $60 Million Corruption Scheme

The House speaker was connected with a conspiracy to enact a $1.3 billion bailout of an energy company, the F.B.I. said.

#bribery-and-kickbacks, #energy-harbor, #firstenergy-corporation, #householder-larry, #nuclear-energy, #ohio, #politics-and-government, #state-legislatures

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Patient, Can You Spare a Dime?

Hospitals are increasingly soliciting donations from patients, and the patients don’t much like it, a new survey finds.

#bribery-and-kickbacks, #doctors, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #finances, #high-net-worth-individuals, #hospitals, #jagsi-reshma, #johns-hopkins-university, #journal-of-the-american-medical-assn, #philanthropy, #united-states, #university-of-michigan

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Utility Company Gave Jobs to Allies of Top Illinois Democrat, Prosecutors Say

Illinois Speaker Michael J. Madigan has not been charged, but the governor, a fellow Democrat, said he must resign if the allegations are true.

#bribery-and-kickbacks, #corruption-institutional, #illinois, #madigan-michael-j, #politics-and-government, #state-legislatures

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California Parents Agree to Plead Guilty in College Admissions Scandal

Prosecutors said Todd and Diane Blake paid $250,000 to fraudulently gain their daughter’s admission to the University of Southern California as a volleyball recruit.

#blake-diane-1964, #blake-todd-1965, #bribery-and-kickbacks, #college-admissions-scandal-2019, #colleges-and-universities, #frauds-and-swindling, #heinel-donna, #university-of-southern-california

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A Beverly Hills Hotel, Bought With Looted Money, Goes on Sale

The Viceroy L’Ermitage Beverly Hills was owned by a fugitive financier involved in a $2.5 billion fraud. Interested? It’ll cost north of $100 million.

#1malaysia-development-berhad-1mdb, #auctions, #banking-and-financial-institutions, #bribery-and-kickbacks, #frauds-and-swindling, #fugitives, #goldman-sachs-group-inc, #justice-department, #lermitage-beverly-hills, #low-jho-1981

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It Paid Doctors Kickbacks. Now, Novartis Will Pay a $678 Million Settlement.

The pharmaceutical company spent more than $100 million on lavish meals, fishing junkets, golf outings, sporting events and speaker fees to influence doctors to prescribe its drugs, federal prosecutors said.

#bribery-and-kickbacks, #diabetes, #doctors, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #frauds-and-swindling, #medicare, #novartis-ag, #speeches-and-statements, #suits-and-litigation-civil

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Fugitive Iranian Judge Dies After Fall From Hotel in Romania

The judge, on trial for bribery in Iran and known as a notorious jailer of journalists, plunged six stories in what is being called an apparent suicide.

#bribery-and-kickbacks, #bucharest-romania, #extradition, #fugitives, #gholamreza-mansouri, #iran, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

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Former U.A.W. President Gary Jones Pleads Guilty

Mr. Jones, who was accused of embezzling $1 million, will cooperate with federal prosecutors who have been investigating corruption at the autoworkers union.

#automobiles, #bribery-and-kickbacks, #corruption-institutional, #crime-and-criminals, #embezzlement, #fiat-chrysler-automobiles-nv, #general-motors, #jones-gary-1956, #organized-labor, #united-automobile-workers, #williams-dennis-1953

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Samsung Heir Apologizes for Corruption and Union-Busting Scandals

Lee Jae-yong said he would be the last of his family members to lead the South Korean corporate empire.

#bribery-and-kickbacks, #decisions-and-verdicts, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #lee-jae-yong-1968, #organized-labor, #samsung-electronics-co, #samsung-group, #south-korea, #tax-evasion

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‘My Last Stand’: In South Korea, a Protester’s Lone Fight Against Samsung

Kim Yong-hee has been ​staging sit-ins and hunger strikes at the top of an 82-foot-tall traffic camera tower overlooking the busiest intersection in Seoul — for more than 300 days and counting.

#bribery-and-kickbacks, #labor-and-jobs, #lee-jae-yong-1968, #organized-labor, #samsung-electronics-co, #samsung-group, #seoul-south-korea, #smartphones, #south-korea

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Rafael Callejas, Honduran Ex-President Convicted in FIFA Case, Dies at 76

Unlike many others, he admitted his guilt in the global soccer corruption scandal and was awaiting sentencing.

#bribery-and-kickbacks, #callejas-rafael-1943, #corruption-institutional, #deaths-obituaries, #international-federation-of-association-football-fifa, #soccer

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Architect of Mexico’s War on Cartels Is Accused of Taking Bribes From One

Genaro García Luna once served in a presidential cabinet and as the head of Mexico’s equivalent of the F.B.I. He was indicted in New York on charges of taking bribes while in office.

#bribery-and-kickbacks, #calderon-felipe, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #drug-cartels, #garcia-luna-genaro, #guzman-loera-joaquin, #mexico, #sinaloa-cartel, #united-states

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